# Homework Help: VERY simple Velocity vs time graph interpretation

1. Jan 25, 2008

### seanistic

Wow, I'm extremely frustrated with this one.

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

http://img262.imageshack.us/img262/4616/probre1.jpg [Broken]

I forgot to label the axis's. The X is time and the Y is Velocity

3. The attempt at a solution

Iv done a few things on this one:

First, I figured I would just count the area under it but I submitted the answer and it was wrong

Second, I used x = x(o) + v(o)t plugging in the velocity and time from the graph along with the x(o) which is given in the problem

Any help is appriciated, Thank You

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2. Jan 25, 2008

### Feldoh

You have to find the area under the curve to find position.

If you can't maybe this will help: http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/513/17914212vr1.jpg [Broken]

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3. Jan 25, 2008

### seanistic

See, I did that and counted the area under the positive area in the first quadrant and then I subtracted it from the negative area in the 4th quad. I got 29 for the positive area and 6 for the negative, giving me 23 and it was wrong. So I figured maybe I had to add the areas for 35 but that as well came out wrong.

4. Jan 25, 2008

### Rainbow Child

23m is the displacement. You are asked for the position.

5. Jan 25, 2008

### seanistic

ughh, 1 more hint, im not getting it

6. Jan 25, 2008

### Rainbow Child

If the initial position is $x(0)=-10 m$ and the displacement is 15 m, what's the final position?

7. Jan 25, 2008

### seanistic

x(0) is 10. I'm confused how the position is different from the displacement. I know the displacement is how far away it is from the orgin no matter how it travels but the position would be. I'm just not seeing it .

8. Jan 25, 2008

### Rainbow Child

You are initial at $x(0)=10 m$. If your displacement $\Delta x$ is -10 m you should arrive to the origin.

$$\Delta x=x_f-x_i\Rightarrow x_f=\Delta x+x_i$$

Do you understand that?

9. Jan 25, 2008

### seanistic

I'm sorry, This isn't making sense to me, I'm usually good with graph interpretation.

10. Jan 25, 2008

### Rainbow Child

Ok, let's try this.

The initial position is 12 m. You walk 4 m at the positive direction. What is your displacement and what is your final position?

11. Jan 25, 2008

### seanistic

displacement would be 4 m and your final position is 16 m. I see where your going with this so I would simply add my displacement to the initial position? make the answer 33?

12. Jan 25, 2008

### Rainbow Child

Correct!

13. Jan 25, 2008

### seanistic

You know what it was? I was thinking of the X axis as if it were distance even though I KNEW it was time. Because of this I was thinking its position was at 9 and from the initial position it would be -1 m . DUHHH. Thanks so much for your help.

14. Jan 25, 2008

### Rainbow Child

Always it helps if you draw a picture o the actuall movement!